junior Trina Makalintal isn't sure whether she wants to pursue a career in medicine or computer science. Marquette High
junior William Millsaps wants to be an engineer, but he's undecided between mechanical, electrical and chemical. Eureka High
junior Matthew Masek knows he wants to pursue an environmental occupation. He doesn't yet know whether that will require a seafaring vessel.
"Do I go on the water, or do I stay on land?" Masek said.
Makalintal, Masek, Millsaps and more than 120 of their classmates are getting the opportunity to test out fields they're interested in pursuing as part of this year's class of interns for Project Interface, a program administered by Rockwood School District Partners in Education
The Project Interface interns met at the Rockwood Administrative Annex for orientation Feb. 6, which included learning sessions on personal branding, etiquette and scheduling, as well as opportunities to network with each other and Rockwood administrators.
Last year, 83 students completed the program. This year, PIE is welcoming 124.
"It's exciting to see the program growing," said PIE Coordinator Emanuel Young. "We've got students with more diverse interests than ever before, some very unique career paths. For a lot of the interns, the concepts that we presented in those workshops were new to them. It will help them when they're out in the marketplace."
In Project Interface, students are partnered with business professionals in their areas of interests. Interns complete a custom-designed project to benefit both the student and the business partner that is developed by Project Interface program managers with input from the business partners. The students complete their internships and present on their experiences near the end of the summer.
The goal is for students to get some experience in the working world before college while getting some clarity on their future career path.
"I want to see what kind of law I'm going to be interested in, or if I even really want to go into it," said Rockwood Summit High
junior Jessica Miller. "Especially since it's in high school, I really like that we're starting it off at this age instead of waiting until after college and then realizing, 'Well, maybe I didn't like it as much as I thought.'"
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